Ezekiel 21:13
New International Version
"'Testing will surely come. And what if even the scepter, which the sword despises, does not continue? declares the Sovereign LORD.'

New Living Translation
It will put them all to the test. What chance do they have? says the Sovereign LORD.

English Standard Version
For it will not be a testing—what could it do if you despise the rod?” declares the Lord GOD.

Berean Study Bible
Surely a trial will come! And what if even the scepter, which the sword despises, does not continue? declares the Lord GOD.

New American Standard Bible
"For there is a testing; and what if even the rod which despises will be no more?" declares the Lord GOD.

King James Bible
Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn even the rod? it shall be no more, saith the Lord GOD.

Christian Standard Bible
Surely it will be a trial! And what if the sword despises even the scepter? The scepter will not continue." This is the declaration of the Lord GOD.

Contemporary English Version
I am testing my people, and they can do nothing to stop me. I, the LORD, have spoken.

Good News Translation
I am testing my people, and if they refuse to repent, all these things will happen to them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Surely it will be a trial! And what if the sword despises even the scepter? The scepter will not continue. This is the declaration of the Lord GOD.

International Standard Version
because testing is sure to come. 'In putting the sword to the test along with the scepter, it won't keep on rejecting, will it?' declares the Lord GOD."

NET Bible
"'For testing will come, and what will happen when the scepter, which the sword despises, is no more? declares the sovereign LORD.'

New Heart English Bible
For there is a trial; and what if even the rod that condemns shall be no more?" says the Lord GOD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Testing will surely come. What if you refuse to be disciplined again? Won't you be tested? declares the Almighty LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For there is a trial; and what if it contemn even the rod? It shall be no more, saith the Lord GOD.

New American Standard 1977
“For there is a testing; and what if even the rod which despises will be no more?” declares the Lord GOD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
because it shall be a trial. What shall be if it does not despise the rod? said the Lord GOD.

King James 2000 Bible
Because it is a trial, and what if the sword despise even the rod? it shall be no more, says the Lord GOD.

American King James Version
Because it is a trial, and what if the sword scorn even the rod? it shall be no more, said the Lord GOD.

American Standard Version
For there is a trial; and what if even the rod that contemneth shall be no more? saith the Lord Jehovah.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and what if even the tribe be rejected? it shall not be, saith the Lord God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because it is tried: and that when it shall overthrow the sceptre, and it shall not be, saith the Lord God.

Darby Bible Translation
For the trial [is made]; and what if even the contemning sceptre shall be no [more]? saith the Lord Jehovah.

English Revised Version
For there is a trial; and what if even the rod that contemneth shall be no more? saith the Lord GOD.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemneth even the rod? it shall be no more, saith the Lord GOD.

World English Bible
For there is a trial; and what if even the rod that condemns shall be no more? says the Lord Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
Because it is a trier, And what if even the sceptre it is despising? It shall not be, an affirmation of the Lord Jehovah.
Study Bible
The LORD's Sword of Judgment
12Cry out and wail, O son of man, for it is against My people; it is against all the princes of Israel! They are tossed to the sword with My people; therefore strike your thigh. 13Surely a trial will come! And what if even the scepter, which the sword despises, does not continue? declares the Lord GOD. 14So then, son of man, prophesy and strike your hands together. Let the sword strike two times, even three. It is a sword that slays, a sword that slays the great—it surrounds them!…
Cross References
Psalm 10:3
For the wicked man boasts in the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD.

Ezekiel 21:12
Cry out and wail, O son of man, for it is against My people; it is against all the princes of Israel! They are tossed to the sword with My people; therefore strike your thigh.

Ezekiel 21:14
So then, son of man, prophesy and strike your hands together. Let the sword strike two times, even three. It is a sword that slays, a sword that slays the great--it surrounds them!

Treasury of Scripture

Because it is a trial, and what if the sword scorn even the rod? it shall be no more, said the Lord GOD.

Because, etc.

a trial

Job 9:23
If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.

2 Corinthians 8:2
How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.

contemn

Ezekiel 21:10,25
It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth? it contemneth the rod of my son, as every tree…

it shall

Ezekiel 21:27
I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.







Lexicon
Surely
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

a trial will come!
בֹ֔חַן (ḇō·ḥan)
Verb - Pual - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 974: To test, to investigate

And what
וּמָ֕ה (ū·māh)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

if
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

even
גַּם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

the scepter,
שֵׁ֥בֶט (šê·ḇeṭ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7626: Rod, staff, club, scepter, tribe

[which the] [sword] despises,
מֹאֶ֖סֶת (mō·’e·seṯ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3988: To spurn, to disappear

does not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

continue?
יִֽהְיֶ֑ה (yih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

declares
נְאֻ֖ם (nə·’um)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5002: An oracle

the Lord
אֲדֹנָ֥י (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 136: The Lord

GOD.
יְהוִֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3069: YHWH
(13) Because it is a trial.--Here again the original is obscure from its conciseness and abruptness, leading to great variety of interpretation. Neither the text nor the margin of our translation is quite intelligible. The words for "rod" and "contemn" are the same as in Ezekiel 21:10, and must be taken in the same sense. The most satisfactory translation is this: "For it (the sword) has been proved (viz., on others), and what if this contemning rod shall be no more?" i.e., the power of the sword of Babylon has already been proved; and the sceptre of Judah, which despises it, shall be clean swept away. Various other translations, differing in detail, give the same general sense.

Verse 13. - Because it is a trial, etc. The verse has received as many interpretations, and is just as obscure as ver. 10, with which it is obviously connected. I begin as before with that which seems most probable.

(1) Keil: For the trial is made, and what if the despising sceptre shall riot come? The "despising sceptre" is the kingdom of Judah, and the prophet asks, "What will happen, what extreme of misery is to be looked for, if that kingdom shall not appear, if Judah shall be left without a ruler?

(2) Ewald: For it is tried - and what? Whether it is also a soft rod! That will not be. Sc. men will find on trial that the sword of Jehovah is not a soft rod, but the sharpest of all weapons.

(3) Hengstenberg: And how? Shall the despising rod that outstript all other punishments not be? i.e. shall the sword of Jehovah not do its work effectively?

(4) Cornill, in part following Hitzig, again rewrites the text, and gets the meaning: How should I judge with favour? They have not turned themselves from their pollution. They shall find no place.

(5) The Authorized Version inserts t he word "sword," apparently with the meaning that the "trial" will show that the sword of the Lord contemns the rod, i.e. the sceptre of Judah, and that that rod shall be no more.

(6) The Authorized Version (margin): When the trial hath been, what then? Shall not they also belong to the despising rod? may have had a moaning for those who adopted it, but I fail to find it.

(7) The Revised Version relegates the Authorized Version text into the margin, and substitutes, For there is a trial, and what if even the rod that contemneth (i.e. the sceptre of Judah) shall be no more?

(8) The LXX and Vulgate connect "because there is a trial" with the preceding clause, rendering it respectively, "for it has been justified (δεδικαίωται)," and "because it has been tested (probatus)," and translate what follows - the LXX., "What if even a tribe be repulsed? It shall not be;" and the Vulgate, "And this when it (the sword!) has overturned the kingdom, and it shall not be," etc. This will be a sufficient summary of the difficulties of the exegetical problem. At the best, we must say that it remains unsolved. 21:1-17 Here is an explanation of the parable in the last chapter. It is declared that the Lord was about to cut off Jerusalem and the whole land, that all might know it was his decree against a wicked and rebellious people. It behoves those who denounce the awful wrath of God against sinners, to show that they do not desire the woful day. The example of Christ teaches us to lament over those whose ruin we declare. Whatever instruments God uses in executing his judgments, he will strengthen them according to the service they are employed in. The sword glitters to the terror of those against whom it is drawn. It is a sword to others, a rod to the people of the Lord. God is in earnest in pronouncing this sentence, and the prophet must show himself in earnest in publishing it.
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